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The budget devised by House and Senate negotiators to reconcile the differences between their respective chamber plans was released late on Monday, June 27. The Senate passed the bill on Wed., June 29, and the House on Friday, July 1. The budget comprises two documents: the conference budget bill and the conference money report.
The NC Senate released its $22.2 billion budget plan just before midnight on Tuesday, May 31. Chamber leaders were, as planned, able to pass the 187-page bill that features faster tax cuts than the House plan just over 48 hours later, at 12:05 Friday, June 3. Read the full measure here and the Appropriations Committee report […]
Here’s the House budget, proposed on May 16 and passed on May 19. It includes small teacher pay raises. They average 3% but are structured so that teachers in the middle of their careers get more than new or veteran teachers. Those teachers would get bonuses of $1,000, paid throughout the year, rather than salary increases.
The NC House Education Appropriations subcommittee released its budget report and special provisions proposal. It does not include funding for teacher pay increases as the writers say they will add that to the budget further along in the process. The proposal cuts funds for smaller first grade class sizes in order to add money for literacy coaches.
Gov. McCrory released his 2016 budget proposal on April 22, 2016. It includes more money for teacher pay, however half of the raises come in the form of one-time bonuses rather than sustained salary increases. Per pupil funding also remains meager, well below pre-Recession levels when adjusted for inflation.